February 2, 2010 / 2:54 AM / 10 years ago

Injury rules Martin out of U.S. hockey team

Toronto Maple Leafs center Jiri Tlusty (L) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin fight for the puck in the first period of their NHL game in Newark, New Jersey, November 2, 2007. REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin ruled himself of this month’s Vancouver Olympics on Monday, opting to withdraw from the U.S. team because he has not fully recovered from a broken arm.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my name from participation with Team USA at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver,” Martin said in a statement released by the Devils.

“While the decision was an extremely difficult one, I feel it is in my long-term best interest to not rush any return to the ice.”

Martin fractured his left foreman on October 24 when he was hit by a slap shot from Pittsburgh’s Bill Guerin.

The United States opens their Olympic campaign with a game against Switzerland on February 16. (Writing by Steve Keating; Editing by John O’Brien)

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